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I focus on offering a comprehensive approach to managing wealth that begins with getting to know a client and the client’s family, financial situation and what matters most to them. Then I help them create a customized wealth management approach that can be flexible as their needs and market conditions change. I provide access to the investment insights of Merrill and banking convenience of Bank of America to help address the various aspects of clients’ financial lives. I am driven by my passion for delivering excellent service and helping clients pursue their goals.

Community involvement is an integral part of how we interact with clients and communities. We are enthusiastically involved with volunteering and fundraising for organizations such as the Bridgeport Rescue Mission,the Westport Young Women's League, and Special Olympics of New York . Let us show you how our professionalism and dedicated client service could benefit you and your family. Contact us at your earliest convenience.

  • EDUCATION

    Saint Francis College

Professional Staff

Supported by the global resources of Merrill, my team is comprised of talented and experienced individuals committed to building strong client relationships based on trust and personalized service.

Additional Resources

The following specialists do not make securities recommendations. Please contact your Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor if you have questions about how a specialist might be able to assist you.

Brendan Duffy

Brendan Duffy

ISG Portfolio Strategist

Merrill Lynch

Anthony Spaziani

Anthony Spaziani

Senior Wealth Management Lending Officer

Bank of America, N.A.

NMLS #589601

Avenya B Buzelle

Avenya B Buzelle

Wealth Management Banking Specialist

Merrill Lynch

Past Events

Outlook 2021: A World in Transition

December 17th, 2020|2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

The events of the past year are reshaping our lives in unprecedented ways. Watch experts discuss what it all could mean for the future, and offer steps investors could consider now to prepare for the coming year and beyond.

Topic areas include:

  • Outlook for the U.S. economy and the markets
  • Priorities for the new U.S. administration and Congress
  • What a vaccine could mean for our future
  • What’s ahead for trade and foreign policy
  • How innovation and change are accelerating investment trends
  • Steps investors could consider now to prepare

Host
:

Andy Sieg
President, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Expert Panelists:
 
Chris Hyzy
Chief Investment Officer, Merrill and Bank of America Private Bank

Michelle Meyer
Head of U.S. Economics, BofA Global Research

Joe Quinlan
Head of CIO Market Strategy, Chief Investment Office, Merrill and Bank of America Private Bank

Savita Subramanian
Head of U.S. Equity & Quantitative Strategy & ESG Research, BofA Global Research

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    Where do we begin? It starts with you.

    At Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, your financial advisor focuses on the things you care about most- family, goals and priorities - even as they change over the years.

    Understanding Your Life

    Welcome

    My mission is to understand you and what matters most to you. To take the time, to ask hard, smart questions and to listen carefully, then to understand, in great detail, exactly where your wealth stands today, and where you’d like it to be tomorrow. I help you design and implement a customized wealth management approach that helps you and your family pursue your personal financial goals while helping manage investment risk. My wealth management approach is about using wealth to help turn goals into reality.

    Philosophy

    We live in a world that's constantly changing. Markets can fluctuate frequently. Potential investment opportunities can arise daily. Regulations are amended. That's why I believe that you and your situation are the best starting points from which to help plan your financial future: where you are today, where you want to be tomorrow, and what you want to accomplish along the way. Because by understanding you and your priorities, I can more effectively offer my experience and resources and help you build a financial framework that is rooted in the unique complexities of your life.

    Approach

    My approach to investing is grounded in an understanding of you. It all begins with a conversation. I take the time to get to know you — your kids' names, how hard you worked to get where you are and how you define success. I'll work together with you to understand your investment personality, prioritize your goals and build a financial approach that reflects your needs. I believe investors can benefit from our advice, access to the investment insights offered by Merrill, trust and fiduciary services from Bank of America Private Bank and the banking convenience of Bank of America. When it comes to your success, there’s only one financial approach that really matters — yours.

    Understanding your goals and priorities

    Your life and goals change. We have tools to help you keep track of these changes so they can be reflected in your financial approach.

    Your approach to investing

    Drawing upon research in the field of behavioral finance, Merrill developed the Investment Personality Assessment to help us get to know you better as an investor and potentially help you refine your own investing preferences. By gaining a deeper understanding of how you think and feel about investing through this assessment, we can customize the financial approach we develop together to help you pursue what matters most to you. Our Investment Personality Assessment is one of the ways to help us get to know you - to understand your goals and priorities. These questions will give you a sense of the full assessment and help us provide you with additional insights and resources.

    Investments

    No matter what your priorities are, I offer advice to help you turn your ambition into action. I draw on many experienced investment professionals at Merrill to deliver insights that help you maintain a long-term focus while taking advantage of short-term opportunities. Through the Merrill Investment Advisory Program I offer custom strategies that deliver an appropriate balance of risk and reward, comprised of investment fund and manager offerings that have undergone a thorough evaluation process before they can be included in your portfolios. And all my actions are grounded in a deep understanding of what matters most to you and complemented with regular review. I believe this approach will give you the power to help you meet your goals.

    Social Impact Investing

    I can offer potential solutions that come from years of combined wealth management knowledge and experience. We also stress that our role goes beyond wealth management services. Leveraging the global resources of Merrill, I can assist in areas such as retirement income planning, guidance on concentrated stock positions, traditional investment and potential sustainable and impact investing solutions.

    *Impact investing and/or Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) managers may take into consideration factors beyond traditional financial information to select securities, which could result in relative investment performance deviating from other approaches or broad market benchmarks, depending on whether such sectors or investments are in or out of favor in the market. Further, ESG approaches may rely on certain values-based criteria to eliminate exposures found in similar approaches or broad market benchmarks, which could also result in relative investment performance deviating.

    DISCLOSURE: The Chief Investment Office (CIO) provides thought leadership on wealth management, investment strategy and global markets; portfolio management solutions; due diligence; and solutions oversight and data analytics. CIO viewpoints are developed for Bank of America Private Bank, a division of Bank of America, N.A., (“Bank of America”) and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (“MLPF&S” or “Merrill”), a registered broker-dealer, registered investment adviser and a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation.

    Focus On High-Net-Worth Individuals and Business Owners

    I  offer clients a breadth of potential solutions, premier service and financial tools based on their unique circumstances.

    No matter what your goals may be, I begin by helping you define and prioritize your financial goals based on the following seven areas:

    • Health: Managing healthcare expenses, now and in the future
    • Home: Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
    • Family: Taking care of your family and other people in your life
    • Leisure: Spending your free time in meaningful ways
    • Giving: Volunteering, mentoring and giving to charities
    • Work: Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
    • Finance: Bringing it all together; defining your financial goals
    We work closely with other professionals to help clients pursue their wealth management goals, drawing on the investment insights of Merrill and offering access to the banking convenience of Bank of America as we do so.

    I'll also draw on my industry knowledge and experience to offer:
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    • Potential risk management strategies
    • „„Trust and estate planning services
    • „„Potential wealth management solutions
    • „„Access to Bank of America for your credit and banking needs

    Your Financial Approach

    We offer you access to the investing insights of Merrill, trust and fiduciary services from Bank of America Private Bank, and the banking convenience of Bank of America to help you pursue your goals. We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.

    FAMILY
    Taking care of your family and other people in your life
    • Trust & Estate Planning Services4
    • Education Funding1
    • Insurance3
    HEALTH
    Planning for healthcare expenses now and in the future
    • Long-term Care Insurance3
    • Health Savings Account2
    • Disability Insurance3
    HOME
    Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
    • Home Loans2
    • Home Equity Lines of Credit2
    • Securities-Based Lending2
    • Credit Cards2
    WORK
    Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
    • Bank of America Business Banking2
    • Exchange Funds1
    • Concentrated Stock Management1
    • Succession Planning1
    LEISURE
    Spending your free time in meaningful ways
    • Credit Cards2
    • Securities-Based Lending2
    • Structured Lending2
    GIVING
    Volunteering, mentoring others and giving to charities
    • Donor-Advised Funds4
    • Private Foundations4
    • Charitable Trusts4
    FINANCE
    Using your finances to bring it all together
    • Merrill Investment Accounts1
    • Investment Advisory Accounts1
    • Alternative Investments1
    • Exchange-Traded Funds1
    • Mutual Funds1
    • Closed-end Funds1
    • Fixed Income Products1
    • Options1
    • Annuities3
    • Impact Portfolios1
    • Market-Linked Investments1
    • Securities-Based Lending2
    • Margin1
    • Home Loans2
    • Bank of America Checking and Savings Accounts2
    • Credit Cards2
    • Online Account Access1,2

    1 Investment products are offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated.
    2 Banking, mortgage and home equity products offered by Bank of America, N.A.
    3 Insurance and annuity products offered through Merrill Lynch Life Agency Inc.
    4 Trust and fiduciary services are provided by Bank of America Private Bank.

    Staying on Track

    We understand that both your life and the financial markets can change over time. By periodically checking in to discuss changes in your life and revisiting your financial approach, our goal is to help you stay on track to achieve what's most important to you.


    Periodic reviews to help you
    stay on track

    We’ll meet with you to review your goals and the progress you’ve made toward reaching them. We’ll also discuss any adjustments needed to your financial approach to help you stay on course.


      Monitoring changes in your life
      and to your goals

      Your life and goals change. As these changes occur, we can update your approach to reflect them.

      Wealth Management Your Way

      MyMerrill is your online destination for access to your financial information, secure communications, and a robust offering of tools and capabilities.

      Your advisor is a click away within our site or mobile apps

      You can manage account security with our customizable security capabilities such as touch ID, one time passcode, and other security features

      Access to your complete financial life is available with My Financial Picture, Merrill’s asset aggregation tool

        Let’s Have a Conversation

        I believe it’s important that you seek the advice and guidance of an experienced financial advisor who can thoughtfully analyze your situation, work with you to identify potential solutions that address your needs, and clearly communicate them to you. I want to work with you to develop your wealth management approach for the future.

        Why Merrill?

        As Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisors, we will sort through the financial complexities of your life, helping you build a customized investment approach to address your needs and pursue your goals.


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        We put you first, every day.
        Learn more about the dedicated one-on-one relationship you can have with a Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor.

        Personalized advice from a dedicated financial advisor.

        We get to know you and your family, your financial situation and what matters most to you.

        A comprehensive approach, built around your life’s priorities.

        Drawing from our experience and the best thinking of Merrill, together we will design an approach that reflects your unique needs, priorities and financial situation.

        Adjusting your investment approach as your life and the markets change.

        We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.